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Church proactive in a crisis

 

Five years ago, hunger linked to poverty was virtually unheard of in Cyprus. 

Today, over 2,000 families living in the 40 parishes under the Archbishopric of Nicosia, alone, would go hungry each month if it weren’t for the Archbishopric’s community grocery. 

Set up in May last year, by Archbishop Chrysostomos II, the community grocery went from feeding 500 families 11 months ago, to over 2,000 families today.

Monthly the grocery supplies each family with pasta, bulgur wheat, cereals, orzo, UHT milk, corned beef, canned chopped tomatoes, flour, sugar, rice, lentils and haricot beans. Every two to three months, each family receives a litre of cooking oil, and at Christmas and Easter, two kilos of meat. 

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Controversial Russian palace reportedly up for sale

 

WORK on a multi-million euro mansion being built in a prime location in Pissouri has been ordered to stop by the Limassol district office. 

Residents have long been up in arms over the construction of the supersize house which is being built on 2,200m2 of land on a small hill overlooking the village’s picturesque bay and blocking hitherto unspoiled seaviews for many villagers. The Russian owner has also purchased an extra 17,000 m2 in front of the house stretching right down to the beach.

The protests were highlighted in the Sunday Mail over a year ago. At the time, while admitting the construction has been the subject of many complaints, local officials insisted the owner was following all planning permission specifications.

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Troika will scupper SGOs’ cunning plan to stave off privatisation

 

REGULAR readers do not need reminding of our column’s habit of describing our country as an unfenced, lunatic asylum. But one would have thought that today, faced with the horror of economic catastrophe caused by the accumulated lunacy of many years we would have started to get serious at last.

Unfortunately not. Our lunacy and stupidity are incurable. This is crystal clear. You only have to look at what is happening around us every day to be convinced that this country could become the subject of the largest scale psychiatric study ever to be held in the world.

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Intentionally tangled to deceive

 

Recently sacked DEFA (Natural Gas Public Company) head, Costas Ioannou is the subject of a police probe into criminal offences he allegedly committed during his reign as head of CERA (Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority) in 2009.

For their part, the police confirmed that the investigation into Ioannou draws on an on-going civil lawsuit concerning a licence awarded to a Russian company by CERA to operate a private power station. To obtain the licence, the company had engaged the services of Ioannou’s cousin, Andreas Hayiannis as a mediator/facilitator to seek out possible buyers for the company. But the deal turned sour when a British company acquired all the shares of the Russian company. Hayiannis then sued the Russian company for not paying his mediation fee.

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Tourism, north and south, has developed very differently

 

THOUGH Cyprus is a small island it is remarkable how different the development of tourism north and south of the Green Line has been. Details are shown in the table below which covers the period from 2000 to 2012, and shows that though the number of tourists visiting northern Cyprus has increased in proportion to those in the south from 16 per cent in 2000, to 43 per cent in 2010, revenues were still much lower in 2011 at 17 per cent in northern Cyprus. This brings out the fundamental difference in the structure of the tourist markets.

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Letter from London: Packing Cyprus into a suitcase

 

When I was a lot younger, I couldn’t understand Cypriot students who flew to the UK loaded down with Cypriot foodstuffs. I mean there was so much better stuff available in the UK. Kettle crisps, MacDonald’s, and soft, white sliced bread that stuck to the roof of your mouth when you bit into it. Even chocolates in the UK tasted better. So why would you want to take boring food from home with you, I’d ask them? 

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A new IPT law by June? Fat chance

 

Your letter column dated 25 April ‘Interim IPT bill to satisfy troika’.  It never ceases to amaze me why those in authority seem to think that we, I mean, those of us lucky not to be in the Club, need this daily fix of utter garbage, unless of course they actually believe in what they are conveying to us ‘illiterate fools’ Let’s look at it another way, they must be assuming that we are all uneducated because otherwise they would not say, think, or even publish information that is so unrealistic, but no, they just have to do it because it’s in their blood and part of their makeup.

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Do you know where your donations are actually going?

 

I refer to the various articles about helping the poor and disadvantaged.

I am a shopkeeper of over 20 years and one of my customers is a poor, unemployed and is now virtually blind from diabetes  probably mainly because of his gross overweight. I have known him for over 20 years as he has never worked during that time.

He seems an honest and simple person and he has relied on welfare benefits all of his life.  

During this period of severe economic crisis the community is encouraged to help such people even more so. The welfare services, local councils, the Church, radio stations, various charities, and individuals are collecting money, food or food coupons for these disadvantaged people. 

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Just more empty talk about title deeds

 

In a recent speech in the British House of Commons, the Cypriot Foreign Minister included the following as part of his statement: “At this point, I wish to express understanding for the difficulties that British residents in Cyprus face with regards to the timely issuance of real estate title deeds. Many Cypriots face the same problem too. To this end, we aim to introduce a speedy and fast track system to assist foreign nationals wishing to invest in real estate.” 

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More a ‘recipe for disaster’ than a ‘rescue’

 

The justice or otherwise of the treatment of the Republic is, it seems, secondary to the needs of international realpolitik. Turkey is important and the Greek Cypriots are not.

I came to terms with this on a July morning in 1974, as Turkish jets bombed the hotel that I was staying in. It could also be argued that the Greek Cypriots are their own worst enemies and have contributed to their own downfall. This may be true, but the realpolitik argument implies their downfall was inevitable. Greek Cypriots could be saints but Turkey is still more important to the great powers.

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